Start Your Own Business in Devon

Starting a business in Devon
Starting a business in Devon

If you are thinking about starting a business in Devon or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Devon contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Devon since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Everything that you will find on the site is free and a good place to start is our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable 'Start Your Own Business' guide.

Start-Up Steps

The sad truth is that far too many new businesses start-ups fail in the early stages and our aim is to try and make sure that you are not one of them.

To help with this, we have broken down the start-up process into simple steps which highlight the things that have worked for other start-ups and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.

  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map
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FREE Start-Up Pack

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Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.

  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business in 2020

Start Your Own Business in 2020

This free 150 page book is packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE 'Start & Grow Your Business' Book

This 2020 Edition is packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Devon

Start Your Own Business in 2020
  1. Overview - easy to follow step by step guide
  2. Advice - where to find help and support
  3. Business planning - are you ready?
  4. Market research - is there a gap in the market?
  5. Business set-up - choosing the right structure
  6. Premises - work from home or premises?
  7. Finance & funding - your funding options
  8. Accountancy & tax - tax and VAT explained
  9. Business networking - tips and local groups
  10. Getting online - online marketing, social media
  11. Employing staff - how to find and recruit
  12. Law & insurance - the key considerations
  13. Common mistakes - and how to avoid them
  14. Business directory - useful contacts

You can download the whole of this 150 page book now free of charge. We are sure that you will find it both interesting and useful. The 2020 edition is packed with useful hints and tips, relevant, easy to read guides to all of the relevant subjects, real-life examples, and lots of contacts to enable you to get off to the best possible start.

Download Free copy

Devon Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

Here is a list of the key businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Get a website that works for your business. Easy to use. Great to look at. A website can have many functions. As a showcase for your business, a reassuring source of information for customers, a purchase point for your products or services. We take website design very seriously because we know the impact it can have on a business. It’s a given that we deliver our clients beautiful looking websites but we feel it is equally important that it works and does what it needs to do. We design and build websites that are fit for purpose and have the flexibility to grow with your business. Our method is straightforward, pragmatic and forward thinking. Startup This package suits a sole trader or small business just starting out. We’ll set you up with a website that gets you going. It will suit you if you have a limited budget right now.
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VA Accountancy provides tailored business solutions, designed to match your business’ needs now and in the future. We work closely with our clients throughout the year to ensure a pro-active, reliable and professional service for you and your business, with no hidden surprises. Contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation meeting to discuss how we can support you and your business.
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Out of the Box Innovations Ltd., (OOTBI) have helped SMBs with their online presence since 2014. Specialist areas include content marketing, web design & development and SEO. Past clientele and industry experience include oil & energy, HSE (health safety and environment), and home improvements. OOTBI welcome global enquiries for energy and HSE marketing, as well as local enquiries from any established businesses in Devon, UK. Initial consultation and customised business recommendations will be conducted free of charge. When new clients see the business logic and valuable ideas, the business usually commences soon after.
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Gleave Media offers a wealth of experience and analysis for all digital strategies and we deliver right first time solutions, often within short and challenging timescales. We have been embedded in the Internet Industry since 1999 so can view projects from a different perspective while our vertically integrated operation means we a flexible and responsive in a way many consultancies are not and we can deliver solutions that draw on both digital and practical systems to provide the complete ready to go operation for all growing businesses. Gleave Media employ a front-weighted process with intelligent use of analysis to provide innovative, open solutions that include the customer in the development process.
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Professional freelance graphic designer offering graphic design solutions to help new businesses establish and maintain a strong and clear visual message (without paying huge agency prices). The cost of hiring an in-house graphic designer or going to a large graphic design agency can be too much for some business start-ups - but that does not mean you cant have instant and constant access to fabulous and effective graphic design.
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We love developing peoples ideas and watching them grow this is the exciting end of the work we do. We have been developing websites and providing design services to our clients for over 10 years. Our current services include: Logo Design & Branding, Website Design and Development, Content Management Systems, Online Shops, Website Hosting, Search Engine Optimisation. Best of all we love talking about what we do. Responsive Websites : Websites which look good and function well, on computers, tablets and on mobile phones. Be sure to ask for that when commissioning your business website. 28% of internet usage is from a mobile phone 23% increase in search queries from tablets after Christmas day. (http:www.gpmd.co.ukblog2012-mobile-internet-statistics) Call if youd like to talk.
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Ready to start your own business? But not sure what you need to put in place, whether you should be limited or a sole trader, who you need to tell, what legislation you need to comply with? Aegis specialise in small business start-ups - we can handle all the legislation for you from day one. Our popular Company Start-up Package covers all the legislative requirements in one go, and as a startup client we will guarantee to fix your accounting and company administration costs to an all-in-one affordable monthly fee for the entire year! As a client of Aegis you will enjoy day-to-day bookkeeping, monthly management accounts, VAT returns, company administration, year end accounts preparation and tax return filing - all in one FIXED monthly fee! Accounts shouldnt be taxing- and neither should accountants! Aegis look after the books, prepare the accounts and file your tax return - no fuss accounting- call now on 01395 511012 or visit our website.
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Business Information Point is a Local Enterprise Agency and has been operating as a source of information and advice for businesses since September 1993. It is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee and a member of the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies. The function of WDBIP is to assist businesses with their development and sustainability, helping to improve their competitiveness, leading to increased profitability and employment.
North Devon+ is a new organisation which heralds a fresh approach to economic development, community and social regeneration across North Devon and Torridge. North Devon+ is a not-for-profit membership organisation which was formed in April 2008. It saw the amalgamation of 3 great local organisations; North Devon Marketing Bureau, North Devon & Exmoor Regeneration Company, and North Devon Enterprise Agency.
Virtual Assistant based in Devon, in the UK. If you are looking for someone to support you to reduce your stress and give you more time for your work or home life, then I could help you. I specialise in small businesses and new start ups. I can assist you with administration, finance, travel, logistics and other ad hoc tasks or projects. I offer a free initial call to assess what you need and how I can help you. If you chose to work with me you can outsource tasks to me, I will get the task done quickly and efficiently. I work in a way that benefits busy people, so I reply quickly and in plain English.